Fullerton College: A Pictorial History

This is the 1930 wrestling team. Clarence Iwao Nishizu (center) was particularly popular with Fullerton wrestling fans for his judo exhibitions. Nishizu (1911-2006) graduated from FJC in 1931, and then at the age of 21, took over his father’s debt-laden farm during the Great Depression. When World War II broke out, he was interned with his family at the Heart Mountain Relocation Center in Wyoming (his daughter was born in the camp). After his release, Nishizu worked on a farm in San Clemente, then turned to selling real estate. He later campaigned for redress for World War II internees. California State University, Fullerton awarded him an honorary doctorate in 1999 for his leadership activities in the Japanese American community.
Tags: sports, physical, education, internment